This is my second post today, but the first one was simply a loud-hailer comment to say “Happy International Women’s Day” which I hope has been a good day for you, wherever you are.
For once we were up reasonably early. Our first port of call was our local branch of Morrisons supermarket in order to buy flowers to take to a dear friend whose wife died suddenly three years ago. Today would’ve been her birthday and in her lifetime I always attempted to buy flowers for her birthday in purple, white and green (the green being the stems and leaves, of course.) And so I have continued to do this, and therefore we took white roses and purple tulips to our friend in memory of his wife.
We then went to Boots (the chemist) where I bought a present for our daughter-in-law (our Grandson’s mummy) for Mothering Sunday, after which we drove to Wellswood so that husband could visit his barber (the barber is right next to the deli, photo above; you can just see the red and white barber’s pole outside.) As there was a small queue in the barber’s, one chap being attended to and two more chaps waiting, I left husband there and went to the Rowcroft Boutique (charity shop) to hand over a few things and then I took photos of the pretty windows, one decorated with female items for Mothering Sunday, and the other with mainly male items, shirts, ties, etc.
After that, I popped into the deli, Me and Mrs Jones (top photo, with old-fashioned bicycle outside) where I had a cup of coffee and also bought a boxful of various salads and two steak pies for our supper. In fact, the pies are quite substantial and so we shared one for supper (re-heated) and will have the other one tomorrow. Here are a selection of photos inside the deli …
The lights are in attractive lampshades made from chicken wire and decorated with ornamental ‘birds’ and ‘greenery’, and there are lots of fairy lights draped across the ceiling, too. It’s all very attractive, very artistic, with lots of things to look at, including this model yacht, close to where I was having my cup of coffee.
You can either buy food and take it out, or stop and have a meal within the café area. Often there is music playing, sometimes French music which is lovely background music in this great deli.
There are so many choices … wine, cider, preserves, you really don’t know which to choose! Here is just one rack of preserves, chutneys, etc.
And there again, you might fancy a new basket … I might get one on my next visit …
We then drove to the Palace Hotel on the seafront and shared a beef club sandwich which came with salad and a few chips (for those in Canada and America and perhaps even Australia and New Zealand, I don’t mean potato crisps, which I think you call “chips”, but fried potatoes which you call “fries”, I think). And with it, just half a pint of beer for me and half a pint of lager & lime for husband (yes a 1960s drink, but he still likes it!)
Then home, and my latest magazine had arrived …
I also bought myself some white roses in the supermarket this morning. They were long-stemmed and so I cut them down drastically so that I could put them in a small glass vase on the hall table.
The late afternoon sunshine has leached a lot of the colour from this photo but I know that once the buds open, the roses will look pretty in the hall. I don’t like to see tiny flower heads on top of very long stems as they look out of proportion; far better to cut off the long stems, I think. It’s the flowers we wish to see, not long green sticks!
Later in the afternoon I went to see a friend who lives not far away, indeed we can see each other’s houses, just for a cup of tea and a chat. All in all, a busy but most enjoyable day and weather so different from last Thursday’s blizzard.
Until next time.